Barrage of Singles Buries UCSB

Sunday, Feb. 17-

The No. 8 Missouri softball team concluded play in the Gaucho Classic with a 12-1 beat-down over UCSB, improving to 5-0 on the season. The onslaught was led by a barrage of singles sliced across the diamond by a number of players.

The Tigers came out firing out of the gate after their first two batters reached base safely. Freshman Emily Crane led off the game with single and a quick steal of second base. After two walked batters, the bases were loaded for senior Nicole Hudson who proceeded to drive in Crane with sacrifice fly to left field.

Mizzou never looked back after that. The game broke wide open in the third inning after a four-run explosion. After a series of singles and walks, the Tigers brought home four runs off of five hits.

Meanwhile on the mound, senior Chelsea Thomas was nearly flawless. Thomas eased through the Gauchos lineup the first time through, fanning seven of the nine batters. Thomas went on to strike out three more batters, giving her a total of 10 on the outing. The win brings Thomas’ record to 2-0 thus far.

The Tigers lengthened their lead in the fifth inning thanks to the only extra base hit of the ballgame. A two-run shot to center field off the bat of Lindsey Muller extended the Mizzou lead to 7-1.

Mizzou continued to pile on to its already substantial advantage when the Tigers added five runs in the seven. The Tigers stroked five more singles in the frame, handing them a total of 14 hits for the day, 13 of which were singles.

The Tigers will continue their West Coast trip when they head to Palm Springs, Calif., where they will participate in the Mary Nutter Classic next weekend. Mizzou has a double header on their schedule for the first day of action. The Tigers face off with Maryland first at 3 p.m., and San Diego later on that evening at 7:30 p.m.

-Logan McKee
23 Sports
Staff Writer